Former Roswell resident Walter F. Knapp Jr. passed away on June 10, 2012, at his home in Mandeville, La.
Walter was born Dec. 17, 1928, in West Point, Va., to Walter F. and Mary Elizabeth Knapp, who preceded him in death. Walter and Ida Mae Godby were married on April 5, 1957, in Lovington. She survives him along with their children, Walter (Debra) Knapp, of Cut Off, La., Judy Van Norman (Dave) Yates, of Mobile, Ala., Jeanne (Joe) Montana, of Saucier, Miss., Elizabeth (David) Garland, of Mandeville, La., and Molly Crego, of Grapevine,Texas. Also surviving are one brother Alfred Knapp, of Richmond, Va.; 10 grandchilden, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Walter joined the Air Force and was stationed at Walker AFB, where he found his home. He went to work for Harry James at what was then Roswell Laundry before it was sold to American Linen. He was transferred to Gulfport, Miss., and retired from American Linen in 1987. Walter was well-known for his involvement and love for sports, having played professional baseball for the Philadephia Phillies and worked as a scout for the Cleveland Indians. He coached American Legion Baseball in both Roswell and Gulfport. He also was an official for football, basketball and baseball at both the high school and college levels. He was inducted into the New Mexico Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2005, which he considered one of his greatest honors. Walter was an active member of the Catholic Church and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Services were held on June 14, 2012, in Covington, La., with interment at Biloxi National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in memory of Mr. Knapp be made to Chaves County CASA, 500 N. Main, Roswell, NM 88201, or Assurance Home, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201.